Posted On: Thursday - February 27th 2020 9:22AM MST
In Topics:   Liberty/Libertarianism  Morning Constitutional
You've likely heard that line before in discussions of the power and limits of the US Feral Gov't. I've seen this phrase used to disparage the US Constitution and those that care about it. They will tell you that following this document to its basic principles is a bad idea, as others will use it against us. This is not the manner I mean here.
In our 1 1/2-month-ago post Peak Constitutional Amendment, Peak Stupidity promised to have more. That post was just an introduction. What I want to do is to just mention the Bill of Rights for a bit here, as in that previous post. Then I will go over the next 17 ACTUAL* amendments to the US Constitution step-by-step, with evisceration with extreme prejudice inserted as necessary. I really don't know whether they are all bad, so this is suspenseful for the writer as well as the reader (right? on the edge of your seat?)
There are thousands and thousands of Constitutionalist writers and web sites out there, so I will not discuss the virtual shredding of the 10 Bill of Rights over the years. It's been done before - hardly a one of them is truly respected at this point. Amendment X, though, is the neglected item that, had it been respected, would have kept this country a better place. It is clear and concise:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.The idea is, you read through this document, which mentions a common defense, coinage of money, raising of funds, controlling the budget, elections, and other administration duties, and anything not specified is NOT! THE! FEDERAL! GOVERNMENT'S! JOB!
But, but, but .. the General Welfare Clause. It's always that infernal "General Welfare" "clause", that allegedly says the FEDS can do whatever they want, for our welfare, of course. Yes, I put even "clause" in quotes, because it's not a part of the detailed wording of the 2 sections it appears in, other than as introductions. It's not a part of the workings of the new US Federal Government as described by the Founders in this document.
Let's just look at the 2 places in which this clause appears in The US Constitution. One is in the general introduction, explaining why these wise and illustrious men were creating this Federal Government to begin with:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.Here is the Introduction of Article 1, Section 8, on the "Powers of Congress:
[Don't mind the spelling errors. Our Founders were blessed to work in an era lacking spell-check and spell-Commies.]
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;All one has to do is to read just below that, as the powers of Congress are spelled out. This intro.'s use of the term "welfare" has to do with money only, as in properly taking care of money and keeping a sound budget. It has nothing to do with WIC programs, Section 8, or Federal block grants.
The use of that "General Welfare" term from these 2 places, in the basic introduction to the document itself, and then an introduction to Article 1, Section 8, to cover anything and everything, completely in violation of B.o.R - X is what's caused Constitutional suicide.
Peak Stupidity just had to get that out of its system. Next we will look at each Amendment after #10, and see if Peak Constitutional Amendment occurred at the signing of this document.
* I write this to explain again that those 1st 10 were part of the document as originally signed. They really aren't amendments to it, the term used for them notwithstanding.